McBookie Super League Premier Division



BEITH's hard-working committee put a lot of commendable effort into ensuring Bellsdale was playable on Saturday, with numerous cancellations elsewhere.

But they will no doubt feel deflated at the outcome, with their side producing a slipshod performance to lose out to a hungrier-looking side on the day.

A fairly decent start by Beith offered few hints of what was to follow and the hosts claimed the lead after 17 minutes when David McKenna pounced in the six-yard box to shoot home after a John Sheridan header from a Richie Burke corner-kick had been blocked on line.

Pollok, however were mounting some quick attacks with Beith also looking hesitant at the back but the hosts could have doubled their lead when Paul Frize burst into the 'Lok box but lifted his shot over the bar. The miss was punished by the visitors when Ryan McGregor curled a fine left foot shot into the top corner after he won a long ball forward from Longmuir and was on had to tuck away the lay back.

Mark McLaughlin went close with header from another corner before the visitors took the bull by the horns and swept into the lead a few minutes later as Bryan Young nipped in at the near post to head home a dangerous free kick. Beith keeper Grindlay was also forced to make a fine save from an on target 'Lok shot just before the break to keep his side in the contest.

Paul Frize looked to be Beith’s best way back into the match and he went close with a couple of decent efforts early in the second half before comic cuts Beith defending gifted the visitors a two goal lead with 20 minutes to go when several opportunities to clear were missed allowing Lok sub Hepburn to head home from six yards.

Beith stuck to their now extremely difficult task and they duly gave themselves a chance when Nicky Docherty reduced the deficit with 12 minutes remaining when he headed home in the box after Pollok failed to clear a Conner McGlinchey corner. The hosts tried hard to take something from the match in the time remaining but Pollok defended well to see time out and claim the points.

BEITH: Grindlay; McGlinchey, Docherty, Sheridan, McLaughlin, Wilson, Frize, Christie, Burke, McKenna, Milliken. Subs: McPherson, Collins, Martin, Cunningham, MacDonald.

POLLOK: Longmuir; Evans, Sideserf, Wharton, McGoldrick, Brash, G McCann, McGregor, S McCann, McCluskey, Young. Subs: Byrne, Hepburn, Prentice, Little, McCabe.

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